Stephen Roche special edition frame celebrates 30 years since he won the Triple Crown

Battaglin brings out frameset to celebrate Roche’s wins 30 years ago while riding the company’s bikes

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It’s been 30 years since Stephen Roche won the Triple Crown of the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and World Championships in less than six months.

To mark the anniversary, cycle maker Officina Battaglin has launched a special edition Stephen Roche frameset. Like the original Battaglin bike ridden by Roche, the new Stephen Roche frameset is made of steel. And since it’s 30 years ago, Battaglin is only making 30 of the Roche frames, building them to order.

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The frame bears a gold insert with three diamonds marking Roche's three wins
(Image credit: Mirco Vettore)

You can reserve a frame at The frame is finished in corrosion resistant black chrome. It’s embellished with a decal reproduced from the 1980s bikes which was used by Battaglin to celebrate Roche’s win. To finish off, there’s a gold plaque bearing three diamonds, marking the three victories.

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Battaglin Cycles started out making steel frames, but in 1996 switched to aluminium and carbon fibre. In 2014 Battaglin returned to hand building all its frames out of steel, with all being made in Italy with traditional lugged construction. Battaglin backs up its steel frames with a one million mile warranty against defects in material and workmanship. It says this is the longest and most comprehensive guarantee on the market.

Columbus resurrected its SLX tubing for the anniversary
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The classic lugged frames are built in Columbus SLX tubing. It’s a name going back to the 70s and 80s, when it was the material from which top pro bikes were made, but went out of production in the late 1990s. Battaglin has worked with Columbus to reintroduce the SLX tubing for the Roche frame.

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Columbus SLX tubing had internal helical reinforcements built into the end of its seat tube and down tube, ensuring that there was extra material around the bottom bracket area, where higher stresses occur.

Giovanni Battaglin himself was one of the top racers of his generation, A pro for 12 years, he won the Giro-Vuelta double in 1981 – only the second rider to do so after Eddy Merckx.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.